I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not cramming as much into my life as I should have done. ~ Stephen Sutton
Today is the first anniversary of my blog and I’d like to dedicate this post to an exceptional human being…
Diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer at the age of 15, Stephen Sutton wrote a bucket list of the things that he wanted to achieve before he died. Amongst others it included a sky dive, playing the drums in front of a big crowd (this happened at Wembley football stadium), meeting Jimmy Carr and a crowd surf in a rubber dingy.
Initially, Stephen’s goal was to raise £10.000 for charity but his campaign went viral after he posted a selfie online – attracting the support of many celebrities including Jason Manford.
Jason helped to promote Stephen’s fundraising campaign via Twitter, gigs and interviews. He visited the teenager in hospital and was the first person to break the news to him that he’d broke the million pounds mark.
“Stephen Sutton was the most inspiring person I’ve ever met and touched more lives than he will ever know. He was an incredibly positive young man and a credit to his family, to Burntwood and to humanity itself.” ~ Jason Manford
In April, Stephen filmed an emotion farewell video believing he was about to die but after coughing up a tumour and following successful surgery be became well enough to be discharged from hospital.
Sadly his condition deteriorated and he was re-admitted into hospital on Sunday.
Stephen died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Wednesday morning. His proud mother posted this emotional message on his Facebook page.
My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son who passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 14th May. The ongoing support and outpouring of love for Stephen will help greatly at this difficult time, in the same way as it helped Stephen throughout his journey. We all know he will never be forgotten, his spirit will live on, in all that he achieved and shared with so many.
His mom x
Like millions of people…I have been touched by Stephen’s story.
He was dealt the worst news ever but faced it with courage and dignity.
We don’t get to choose the cards that life deals us but we get to play the game our way.
He chose to make his last few years count.
And boy did he!!
He raised over 3 million pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Not only did he raise much needed money – he raised awareness and he did all this with a smile on his face and giving his signature thumbs up.
Stephen showed a maturity that was beyond his years. I am humbled by his selfless attitude. I whinge about insignificant things – things that don’t matter. He took the worst scenario and made it into something special. He was an exceptional human being.
Stephen showed that no matter how bad the situation, it’s up to us how we react to it. He could have played the victim but he chose to be the victor.
He may have lost his battle with cancer but he won in so many other ways.
It’s not the situation, it’s how I react to the situation that is important. ~ Stephen Sutton
I feel very sad that he’s gone. I feel sad for his family – his parents in particular. Parents shouldn’t outlive their children.. But I feel proud of what he achieved. I have a little more faith in humanity because of Stephen. He’s left the world a better place.
His legacy will change lives.
He’s showed us what can be achieved despite our own pain.
All we need is love.
Rest in peace, Stephen.